Conservative internet stars Diamond and Silk are crying “fake news” after seemingly lying under oath to Congress yesterday — and they’re taking on the media, via Twitter.
Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson gained popularity during the 2016 presidential election with their outspoken support of then-candidate Donald Trump. The pair even joined Trump on the campaign trail at the "Women for Trump" event in Ohio in 2015, and that event is the subject of Diamond and Silk’s latest controversy.
Recently, the duo claimed that Facebook was censoring their content; they were even mentioned by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the Facebook congressional hearing earlier this month. So, Diamond and Silk visited Washington yesterday to participate in the House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms,” and they created quite the storm, yelling at members of Congress.
But when asked about their involvement in the 2016 election, specifically about receiving payments from the Trump campaign, Diamond and Silk seemingly lied under oath.
“No, we’ve never been paid by the Trump campaign,” Hardaway said.
According to the Trump campaign’s Federal Election Commission filings, however, Diamond and Silk received a payment of $1,274.94 for “Field Consulting.”
Headlines immediately surfaced claiming the Trump supporters were liars, but Diamond and Silk are standing by their original denial. Trump campaign treasurer Bradley Crate released a statement calling the issue a “misunderstanding.” “The Campaign’s payment to Diamond and Silk for field consulting was based on an invoice they submitted reflecting their costs for air travel to a Campaign event,” the statement read.
Diamond and Silk responded by launching a Twitter campaign, demanding retractions from the “fake news” organizations, specifically calling out CNN's Don Lemon and Rickey Smiley.